The Gift

Heavenly Father I wait patiently for You; You turn towards me and hear my cry. You lift me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; You set my feet on a rock and give me a firm place to stand. You put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise towards You. Many will see and fear You and put their trust in You. Blessings are bestowed upon the one who trusts You, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods, ideology, or wickedness. Many are the wonders You have done, the things You have planned for us. None can compare with You; were I to speak and tell of Your deeds, they would be far too many to declare. [Psalm 40:1-5]

Holy Spirit as we near the end of the year, I pray for those who need to know You. I know that at times we need to be ready as Philip should have been, “Now there were some Greeks among those who went to up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Paul tells us in His letter to the Romans (Rom. 10:13) “for, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” John tells us in his letter {1 John 1:5-10} “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him, there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.”

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5)